FSU vs. Louisville Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the FSU vs. Louisville fearless prediction and game preview.
FSU (2-3) vs. Louisville (4-3) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 21st
Game Time: 12:00 pm ET
Venue: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
It didn’t win Lamar Jackson the Heisman, but it made him the runaway front-runner.
Florida State was stunningly banged up after just two weeks, it didn’t bring the A-game energy out of the gate, and Jackson and Louisville showed up big in a 63-20 dominant performance.
This year, instead of the big-name showdown being a part of the fight for the ACC title, now it’s simply for survival.
Jackson has done everything possible to carry a mediocre team, but after getting run over by Boston College, it’s going to be a battle to get two more wins to go bowling.
Florida State hasn’t been able to get its season going. Playing Alabama will do that.
The Seminole offense is struggling without Deondre Francois, the defense hasn’t been quite as dominant as it needs to be, and it’s been a rough run in a 2-3 start.
With road games at Clemson and Florida still to deal with – along with a date at Boston College and a home fight vs. Syracuse – lose to Louisville, and with an 11-game schedule, going bowling won’t be a lock.
One Reason Why Louisville Will Win
The Seminoles aren’t able to turn yards into scores.
The running game has been fine – hitting the 200-yard mark on the ground against both Miami and Duke – and the passing attack has even been okay. But the Noles are only averaging 18.2 points per game and has yet to score more than 26 points this year.
Louisville – even with all of its issues – isn’t having too many problems putting points on the board. The last time the Cardinals have scored fewer than 20 points? Twice in the last 26 games, getting stuffed by LSU in last year’s Citrus Bowl and having problems against Kentucky in a late 2016 loss.
Mr. Jackson will help put more than 20 points on the board. FSU will struggle to put the biscuit in the basket.
One Reason Why FSU Will Win
James Blackman is getting better with each game.
The true freshman wasn’t supposed to be thrown to the wolves this season, and if everything went according to plan, he wasn’t supposed to see the field for a few years. But he was okay from the start against NC State, and while he’s thrown two picks in each of the last two games, he’s making more plays.
FSU isn’t opening it up, but against Duke he completed 18-of-21 passes for 197 yards and a score – throw in the picks, and there was only one pass that wasn’t caught.
Also stepping up is super-recruit RB Cam Akers, who hit the 100-yard mark in each of the last two games.
Blackman and Akers are starting to figure it out, the defense has the talent to keep the team in games, and the hope is for the firepower to be there to keep up when Jackson and the Cardinal offense gets moving.
What’s Going To Happen
Jackson is playing well, but the rest of Louisville isn’t getting the job done.
The run defense has been okay at times, but it got ripped apart by Boston College last week. After allowing eight touchdowns on the ground over the last two games, the Cardinals are going to have a tough time with Akers.
The well-motivated FSU defense – last year’s debacle is a big deal – will rise up. Jackson will have his moments, but once again, he won’t get enough help.
FSU vs. Louisville Prediction
Florida State 30, Louisville 21
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